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Old 10-14-2014, 08:16 PM   #21
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My advice: If you think you might need air conditioning -- then you need air conditioning
Or if your zip code starts with 7....
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Old 10-14-2014, 09:43 PM   #22
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We didn't get a/c, although I made sure the 21 was a/c ready. We don't use a/c at home, very seldom use it in the truck, and most of the camping will be in the northern states (at least for the first few years). I also wanted the head room. So far I haven't wanted it or needed it. Between the max fan and some 12v fans it's stayed nice and cool. I can always add it when I retire

We did use the heater on trip home from Chilliwack.
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:35 PM   #23
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Didn't want AC for two reasons: don't travel in summer, and didn't like the intrusion on the headroom. But the really nice thing is you have a skylight with the regular vent. Buying for resale is a shame IMHO. Do it for you.
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:06 PM   #24
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We didn't get a/c, although I made sure the 21 was a/c ready. We don't use a/c at home, very seldom use it in the truck, and most of the camping will be in the northern states (at least for the first few years). I also wanted the head room. So far I haven't wanted it or needed it. Between the max fan and some 12v fans it's stayed nice and cool. I can always add it when I retire

We did use the heater on trip home from Chilliwack.
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Don't come down to my neck of the woods in the summer you will wish for AC. 90 plus degrees and 80 plus humidity yeah.

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Old 10-15-2014, 09:00 AM   #25
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Being used to a more moderate climate, if I am in a place that needs air conditioning for the trailer to make me comfortable in there, what the heck am I going to do during the day outside in that kinda heat? This is why I travel to warmer climates off-summer, when at least the nights cool down nice.

For those that live in those super hot climates, A/C does make good sense, and upon retirement, should I find myself heading to climates like that, I too will buy it. It is real easy to retrofit.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:45 PM   #26
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We rarely use our Air conditioning. But when we do use it, I am very glad we have it. From hot humid nights in Gettysburg to hot nights on the Yellowstone River just north of Yellowstone park, I was more than willing to endure the noise of the AC to escape the heat. I wouldn't order a trailer with out it.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:13 PM   #27
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Bill,

Don't come down to my neck of the woods in the summer you will wish for AC. 90 plus degrees and 80 plus humidity yeah.

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I noticed the difference camping without shade at the east coast rally. It made me think about a/c for a minute. We can always add it.
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Old 11-01-2014, 05:07 AM   #28
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When I have my 5.0TA built it will have no rooftop openings and a 12 or 24 DC volt aircon with cooling coils forward in the bedroom and aft in the dining area. I will probably build a box that houses the batteries, compressor and condenser and mounts aft above the rear bumper.

A/C would be available, even while boon-docking. You would be able to run the aircon for a couple of hours before bedtime or until the dedicated aircon batteries ran down to a set low charge level, similar to the system truckers use in their sleeper cabs so they don't have to idle.

The hard part would be running the freon tubing unobtrusively and building evaporator registers with quiet enough fans, dual DC volt computer style fans would probably work well.

I live in Florida and camp in the SW USA, so aircon is essential. My background is marine engineering so this project, although pricey, is not ridiculous for me to fabricate and install.

Along with a decent solar package this system should be able to run untethered indefinitely, a small inverter generator or tug power could offset any solar shortfall. There should even be enough excess DC power available to run a microwave through an inverter or power a 3way fridge on DC if aircon is not needed full time.

The system might even fit where the LP Gas cylinders are, and the propane could be moved to the rear or off board.

I'm excited just thinking of the possibilities this FG 5th wheel provides.
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Old 11-01-2014, 06:57 AM   #29
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When I have my 5.0TA built it will have no rooftop openings
I do not believe ETI will agree to build a 5.0 without an escape hatch over the bed.
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:53 AM   #30
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I do not believe ETI will agree to build a 5.0 without an escape hatch over the bed.
Carl is right, it's probably a requirement. One of those pesky govt regulations.

The rest of what you're proposing to do sounds most interesting. Although hanging propane or battery banks off the rear... hummm, I'm visual and the 5.0TA is an attractive trailer. IMHO this would be a real detractor.
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